The Clone Wars Joins the Circus

This week’s episode of The Clone Wars, “Bound for Rescue,” ran the gamut: a space battle and a lightsaber duel, a gruesome killing by Grievous and a sneaky trick by Obi-Wan, Jedi showing off their serenity and their creativity, and Hondo Ohnaka’s pirates displaying their drunken bawdiness and chilling ruthlessness. But the highlight was the most unexpected part: the traveling circus journeying to the pirate base to entertain. The Jedi younglings join them to launch their rescue operation to spring Ahsoka from Hondo’s clutches – and mayhem and hilarity ensues. Not to mention the unforgettable visual of a Gamorrean keyboardist face-painted as a sad clown.

The circus made an impression on The Clone Wars reviewer Megan Crouse.

There were some great images in this episode, mostly around the circus: Hondo hugging the nose of the big reptilian creature the circus uses in the place of an elephant, or Aleena performers juggling balls against a drum to make a beat.A very drunken Hondo provides some comic relief and also some black humor, as one of his minions holds up the skull of a performer who displeased him.

Click onward to read Megan’s review.



B.J. Priester has been a Star Wars fan since he played with the original Kenner action figures as a young boy. His fandom passion returned after watching Attack of the Clones in 2002 and reading the entire New Jedi Order series in 2003. He voraciously caught up on the novels and comics in the Expanded Universe in addition to writing fanfiction, frequently co-authoring with Tricia. B.J. has served as editor of FANgirl Blog from its inception, as well as contributing reviews and posts on a range of topics. He edited Tricia’s novel Wynde, and is collaborating with her on several future projects set in that original universe. Currently a tenured law professor in Florida, B.J. has been a practicing lawyer in Washington, D.C., a law clerk to a federal appeals court judge, and a law journal editor-in-chief. He is also a proud geek dad whose son who is a big fan of Star Wars and The Clone Wars.